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Sunday Service Times
Why not join us and worship during the COV-19 lockdown?
Join us at 11.00 every Sunday in our telephone conference Service.
Just dial 0333 011 0616 and then, when prompted, put in the code, 4630680#.
Beware, the company which provides the conferencing facility is American. When you dial, you will be asked to put in the code number followed by the pound sign. They are speaking American. The pound sign means hash. Once you have done this, you will be asked to state your name and press the pound sign (hash key) again. This done, you will be there for the Service.
Welcome to the website of the Haverfordwest south group of Congregational and United Reformed Churches.
We are three churches situated in Haverfordwest, Freystrop and Hook who share a joint ministry.
Please enjoy the website and remember that if you would like to visit us in person, you can be sure of a warm reception.
The message of Christmas has been particularly strong and meaningful this year because of the limitations incurred by the Corona virus. We have had to be careful not to mix or meet with loved ones, friends or neighbours, so contact by phone, texts or other technical means has been greatly appreciated. Many of us remember the time when we could only phone home from a public call box or write letters, which took time, but now everything is instant. If we’re lonely we can pick up our mobile, and if we’re out we can use our iphone wherever we are. So, although we have difficulties due to isolation & lockdown, it really could be a lot worse. It is for many. The virus is merciless in claiming its victims and leads many to death. No wonder there is fear throughout the world. Yet the message of Christmas remains one of hope, love & joy. For those who have faith, it is one of those great times when God confirms His Presence with us in whatever situation we find ourselves in. The sweet story of the Birth of Jesus involved humble folk like Mary and Joseph and the wider community such as the shepherds and the learned men from the East with their significant gifts. They had faith to believe what they heard & saw, and they put their faith to the test, and then they saw Jesus. In both cases they left and went back where they came from with great joy. The wise men were thrilled when the light they had temporarily lost, due to their stop at Herod’s palace, was found again and continued guiding them to the destination God had for them. We read in Luke 2 verse 20, “The shepherds went back singing praises to God for all they had heard and seen, it had been just as the angels had told them”. To be a Christian is to be very blessed, because we are part of a community of care. No matter where we are or whatever situation, we know we have friends who are praying for us as we pray for them. To have the desire or instinct to care for others is to have a reason to live. Those who consider the needs of others often live longer, happier lives full of purpose. The message from the Government is one that asks everyone to be considerate by staying away from others, wearing a face-mask etc. That is being responsible for others. There are many times when we are asked to be “our brother’s (and sister’s) keeper” (see Genesis 4 v9). That is to be a responsible community. Of course, there will always be those who live in a state of constant suspicion and denial, for instance those who are convinced that there was no “final solution” of the Jewish people by the Nazis; likewise Trump’s denial that Biden won the election. Then there are those who say the world is flat, not round, and then there are those right-wing fundamentalists who deny evolution. They all fly in the face of obvious evidence. However, Jesus encourages us today to believe that He is the Way, the Truth and the Life. The Spirit of Christ inspires trust as we journey through dark times such as this pandemic and all the other frightening monsters we meet in life. The road of godless ideals and foolishness is a cold, lonely road, but the road of the Spirit of Jesus is warm, welcoming and encouraging. It is the road that is full of kind people who want to help others. They are the kind folk of many nations, many cultures, many races. I know that our lovely pastorate of the three chapels is friendly and kind, and always ready to help and support each other, always ready to welcome others even during the difficulty of Lock-down. Our Sunday worship is conducted on the Conference Call by telephone and it is a source of encouragement for us all, enabling us to meet and share as we would if we were in chapel. Who would have thought it possible? Nonetheless, it is possible. God connects with us all in different ways, from angelic visitations to modern technology. Nothing is impossible for God, and that knowledge, which we cannot deny, should give you tremendous hope and cheerfulness for the future. What will the New Year of 2021 bring? Wait and see and trust in the Lord. God Bless you all, those you love and the strangers you will meet.
Rev. Steve and family
"I am the resurrection and the life. whoever believes in me will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in me will never die."
John 11 v 25
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